If left untreated, teenage depression can evolve into a life-long illness. However, if it is addressed at the early stages, it is very probable the depression can be cured. In more serious cases, a combination of therapy and medication may be necessary.
Teenagers face an onslaught of new situations as they navigate through the adolescent years. Pressure to be in a certain crowd, social anxiety with starting a new school, worrying about getting good grades, and fear of the future after graduation are only a few of the reasons teenagers could fall into depression. So how can you decipher between what your teen is experiencing as normal or cause for concern?
Thanks to raging hormones, teens have a rollercoaster of emotions. It’s important to know the signs that could indicate your teen suffers from more than moodiness. If your child is exhibiting some or all of the following warning signs, they could be suffering from teenage depression.
Depression is a treatable condition. Depending on the severity of symptoms and your teen’s general health, treatment will vary. It could include medication, one-on-one counseling, family therapy, and possibly input from your child’s school.
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According to the CDC, approximately 1.9 million children between the ages of 3 and 17 have been diagnosed with depression. The World Health Organization cites that globally, depression is one of the leading causes of illness and disability among adolescents.
Recognizing signs of teenage depression is crucial to warding off an escalation of symptoms and inconceivable consequences. Adolescence predictably brings with it a change in behaviors. Deciphering the difference between normal teenage-isms and depression could be a challenge. Emotional symptoms of teenage depression include the following:
Behavioral changes associated with depression include sleeping too much or not being able to sleep at all, changes in appetite, lack of energy, social isolation, neglecting personal hygiene, self-harm, or use of drugs or alcohol.
If you are concerned with your child’s behavior, start by talking with them. This will give you a clearer understanding if they are experiencing normal adolescent changes or if there may be something more going on. Depressive symptoms typically do not go away on their own, so it is important for you to seek help for your teen. If left untreated, symptoms can worsen and put your child at risk of suicide or other self-harming behaviors. If there is an immediate risk of suicide or threats of suicide, call 911 or local emergency contact number.
Our team of compassionate counselors are specialized in the scope of teenage depression. To serve you better, we offer in-person counseling sessions at all three of our Garrett Counseling locations (Huntsville, Boaz, or Jacksonville). Teletherapy sessions are also available. Request more information by clicking here, or call (256) 239-5662.